Typing, Handwriting, and ADHD

handwriting and ADHD

I first learned to enjoy expressive and research writing while I was in graduate school.  This was also when I was introduced to computers (yes, I owned an original Macintosh back in the 1980s).  I found that not only was it easier to type on, than on typewriters, but I discovered that I could move … Read more

Skills for Success: What Parents & Educators Need to Know About Executive Function & Mindset©

Skills for Success Cindy

Executive Functions are the cognitive skills needed for academic performance, social skills, and life skills.  Commonly, these are the skills utilized to organize, plan, initiate, manage emotion, shift maintain focus and use working memory.  They govern the HOW you do what you DECIDE to do.  This presentation will briefly explain how Executive Function skills are developed … Read more

ADHD Is Absolutely Treatable

ADHD Treatment Options

Russell Barkley, recognized authority on ADHD, gave a powerful keynote presentation at the November 2018 International Conference on ADHD titled Advances in Understanding the Symptoms of ADHD.  He outlined the numerous and potential serious impairments that ADHD can have on major life activities. When not properly treated and managed, people with ADHD do not learn to … Read more

What Makes Waking Up So Difficult for People with ADHD

waking up ADHD

In a previous article, What makes sleep so difficult for kids with ADHD, We explored the difficulties that children and adolescents may have with falling asleep.  As we have mentioned in many sessions with parents and professionals, research shows that between 25 and 50% of people with ADHD have clinically reported sleep difficulties. These can be … Read more

Righting the Off-Track School Year

The first quarter of the school year is coming to a close, and your child’s grades are taking a turn for the worse. It’s time to regroup and evaluate where this school year is headed if no changes are made. The status quo had you both feeling frustrated and anxious about the remaining months of … Read more

Does ADHD have to lead to Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is characterized by excessive anger, frustration, arguing, stubbornness and defiance. The correlation rate for being diagnosed with ADHD and ODD is staggering, ranging between 60% and 80%. It is the most common co-existing condition associated with ADHD and people with ADHD are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with ODD … Read more

“Take Your Pills” Documentary Debuts at SXSW

 I just watched the Kara Swisher interview with Maria Shriver and her daughter Christina at SXSW about Alison Klayman’s upcoming film, “Take Your Pills” that they co-produced.  The movie will be on Netflix on Friday, March 16th and I am cautiously optimistic.  My sincere hope is that it will address the serious and dangerous issue … Read more

ADHD Pathways to Success: On The Right Road with Paula Phillips

ADHD Pathways to Success

Cindy interviewed by Paula Phillips of the ‘On The Right Road’ podcast on the Voice America network. … Join Paula and her expert guest for this wonderfully helpful program that will take a heartfelt, in-depth look at ADHD and provide tons of insights and tips that will be of support to all affected… Whether you’re … Read more

DIVE: Data, Incentive, Visualize, Effort

DIVE

Little things add up – Help kids form good habits Want to get ahead – do the basics.  Don’t focus on the big, grand goals, but rather the tiny steps that, when done consistently, make progress and success much more likely. Surprisingly few people focus on the small steps. They look for shortcuts and work … Read more

Don’t Ban the Spinners – Teach Kids about Fidgeting and the Brain!

tools for ADHD

Have you seen them yet?  They are small objects that kids spin around with their fingers like a pinwheel and they come in lots of different patterns and colors.  Kids are having a blast seeing the different ways they can spin them on their bodies, and battling who can make theirs spin the longest.  Many … Read more

How Do I help the other teachers “get it”?

Over the past several weeks I have provided professional development across the country for teachers and related service professionals who work in public schools, private schools, residential treatment programs, and private practices. During the course of the full day training these professionals gain insights, tools and confidence to work with their students in ways that … Read more